Regional specialisations and Interests East Africa (inc Kampala, Uganda) and New York City. Death; Illness and Medical Anthropology; HIV/AIDS; Interior Dialogue, Memory and Imagination; Visual, Sensory and Bodily Perception; Art, Performance and Aesthetics; Experimental Methods and Collaborative Anthropology; Existential and Phenomenological Anthropology; Urban Anthropology and Spatial Perception.
Recent and Current Research
The Art of Life and Death: Recent work includes the book The Art of Life and Death: Radical Aesthetics and Ethnographic Practice (2017: HAU Malinowski Monograph Series: University of Chicago Press).
"The art of life and death is unlike anything I have ever read in its combination of theoretical ambition and methodological innovation" Danilyn Rutherford
"The art of life and death is a monumental anthropological achievement" Paul Stoller
"A brilliantly engaging piece of work that invites us to rethink life itself" Sarah Pink
"A splendid achievement" Veena Das
The book can be ordered here and from the usual distibutors such as Amazon and Blackwells
A free and open access version of "The Art of Life and Death" can be downloaded here:
Enhancing Resilient Deaf Youth: I am currently developing an MRC/AHRC funded research project in South Africa under the collective theme of Rethinking Media/Reclaiming Personhood. Deaf children and youth often face discrimination and exclusion from society. They are not given adequate opportunities for acquiring language, building meaningful relationships, receiving specialised healthcare and receiving equal education. The aim is to consider how socially marginalised deaf youth become included in community and society through different kinds of media practices. The projects use visual and other sensory media and collaborative forms of self-representation to address questions of research, representation, ethics and empowerment and set up a different kind of social life.
See here for a selection of short films, photograhs and more information
Other recent work includes the media production “The Man Who Almost Killed Himself” (made collaboration with Josh Azouz, Don Boyd HiBrow Productions and BBC Arts), which adapted some of my anthropolgical research into a play for the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Arts and Odeon Cinemas. A clip from the BBC production can be found here https://vimeo.com/105284691
The experimental art/anthropology research project "New York Stories" that researches and represents how different modes of inner expression--including interior dialogues, unarticulated moods, imaginative lifeworlds and emotional reverie--constitute peoples lived experience of urban life and mediate social-cultural spaces but remain hidden beneath the surface of public activities.
See here for recent interview and links: http://blog.wennergren.org/2013/06/interview-dr-andrew-irving-new-york-stories/
2016 “Wandering Scholars: Or How to Get in Touch with Strangers” Österreichisches Museum
für Volkskunde, Vienna
2016 “Bridges: A New Sense of Scale” Ethnography in the Expanded Field. New School, New
2015 “Live Edition” Plataforma Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2014 “The Man Who Almost Killed Himself” (collaboration with Josh Azouz, Don Boyd HiBrow Productions and BBC Arts)
-Edinburgh Festival (Aug 7th-11th 2014)
-BBC Arts (Aug 10th 2014),
-BBC IPlayer (Aug 2014- Aug 2016)
-Odeon Cinemas (Aug 11th 2014)
2013 New York Stories: Lives of Other Citizens
2012 “The Lives of Other Citizens” SOMA Arts Gallery, San Francisco. Multi and Interactive
Media, inc film, sound and digital technologies
2010 School Outreach in Uganda (Health Education Film made for National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda)
2009 Railway School HIV Sensitisation (Health Education Film made for National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda)
2009 Kaleidoscope: Hands and Neighbourhood
PhD supervision I welcome PhD projects across a broad range of anthropological themes, especially those that place special emphasis on the following areas: Death; Illness and Medical Anthropology; HIV/AIDS; Interior Dialogue, Memory and Imagination; Visual, Sensory and Bodily Perception; The Anthropology of Time; Art, Performance and Aesthetics; Experimental Methods and Collaborative Anthropology; Existential and Phenomenological Anthropology; Urban Anthropology.
PHD RESEARCH STUDENTS
Current (1st Supervisor)
Rosa Sansone: The Social Formation of the Mediterranean Sea: An Ethnographic Perspective on Movement and Perception across Lampedusian Waters
Paloma Yanez Serrano: Sensorial Experiences of the Agro City: The case of Spain’s “Plastic Sea”
Lee Gallagher: The Journey Back Home: Processes of Recovery and Disjuncture in Traumatic Brain Injury
Alex Tomkins: Transforming the Life Chances of Deaf Ugandan Youth through Play
Shirley van der Maarel: Belonging in Europe's Depopulating Villages from a Refugee Perspective.
Jared Davis: Racial Subjectivity and the False Notion of Choice: Visualizing the Impact of Racial Discrimination
Current (2nd supervisor)
Veronica Castro: Santo Daime (co-supervised with Drama)
Kriston Jackson: Everyday Aesthetics on the Vernacular American Roadside (co-supervised with Drama)
Completed (1st Supervisor)
2018 Lana Askari: Homemaking: Return dynamics of Kurdish diaspora
2017 JongMin Jeong: Healing the brain through sensory stimulation and activities
2017 Alessandra D’Onofrio Imaginary Tales from either Shore: undocumented Egyptian migrants in Milan (co-supervised with Drama)
2017 Shotaro Wake: Empathy and stigma: their consequences for cancer survivors
2016 Ximin Zhou: Between Promises and Uncertainty: An Anthropological Study of Roads
2016 Paola Garnica: Visual perception and urban life: Mexico City
2015 Ruth Gibbons: It's all of these Puzzle Pieces: The representation and the manifest discourse of dyslexic experience.
2015 Martha Dietrich-Ortega: Sensing prison: the bodily and imaginative aspects of imprisonment among female prisoners in Peru
2014 Camilla Morelli: Movement, Materiality and Imagination: world-making and knowing amongst Matses children of Amazonian Peru
2013 Carolina Corral: Indefinite Sentence. The enduring presence of imprisonment in the lives of former inmates in Mexico
2013 Giovanni Spissu: The People of Long Street, Cape Town
2012 Natalie Araujo: Sin dejar: the cosmopolitan negotiations of Colombian migrants in London
2011 Penny Moore: Living a Musical Life: Musicians, Music-Making and the Creation of Space in Vienna
2010 Alyssa Grossman: Choreographies of Memory: everyday sites and practices of remembrance work in post-socialist, EU accession-era Bucharest
Completed (2nd Supervisor)
2019 Jose Farjado Escoffie: A journey with the native potato: from local knowledge to luxury consumption
2018 Angelica Cabezas Pino: Audiovisual Strategies to overcome stigma among men with HIV in Chile (co-supervised with Drama)
2017 Karen Waltorp: Mirror Images The smartphone as relational device and real virtuality among young Muslim women in Copenhagen
2015 Placido Munoz Moran: Street art, cultural identity and public space in Barcelona
2015 Rachael Gore: Rhythmic horizons: mapping sound in London
2014 Michael Atkins: Looking for business: social and visual ambiguity of men that sell sex on the street
2013 Andrea Gasper: Conceptions of the visual in the contemporary design world: an ethnography in a design studio in Milan.